More than 8,000 drivers for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft have been pulled off Massachusetts roads after failing a new state background check, for infractions that range from license suspensions to violent crimes and sexual offenses, according to records released Wednesday. (Read the full story.)
In total, the state found more than 10,500 infractions because some drivers had more than one violation. When it came to some more serious infractions, the state considered a driver’s entire history. For less serious violations, the state only took into account a smaller length of time.
License suspension – 1640
Driver not licensed long enough* - 1580
Open cases - 1250
Multiple serious driving offenses - 1058
Serious violent crimes - 958
Less serious violent crimes - 601
Inactive license - 562
Sex, abuse, and exploitation - 352
Multiple violations of traffic laws - 347
Felony fraud - 342
Felony convictions - 334
Open/unresolved driving infractions - 331
Reckless operation - 307
State discretion** - 276
OUI - 152
Felony robbery -149
Open warrants - 138
Habitual traffic offender - 78
Sex offender - 51
TOTAL - 10,506
*Drivers younger than 23 years were required to have had a license for at least three years to pass. Those over the age of 23 must have been licensed for one year.
**The state could reject drivers if they lied on their applications or if the state has some other reason to believe the driver shouldn’t be on the road.